Former world boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi believes the decision win should have gone his way in his bare-knuckle showdown opposite Artem Lobov.
Malignaggi and Lobov tussled in the main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 last Saturday in Tampa, Florida.
It was Malignaggi’s long-awaited debut in the bare-knuckle promotion while Lobov was on his second outing, following an epic match against fellow UFC import, Jason Knight.
The bad blood between the two fighters became the centre of the hype for this bare-knuckle bout.
The boxer joined Conor’s team in 2017 for the Floyd Mayweather fight but left after reports surfaced that he was knocked out by the Irishman in sparring.
Leading to the fight, Malignaggi slapped and spat on the Russian fighter in a pair of pre-fight pressers while plenty of trash talks and insults have been hurled by the pair against one another.
Artem Lobov def. Paulie Malignaggi via UD (48-47 x 3)
Silenced forever 🤫 pic.twitter.com/MADNlQjBBK
— True Geordie (@TrueGeordieTG) June 23, 2019
But on Saturday, the former WBA welterweight champion, who was the stronger fighter on paper, cruised to a decision loss to Lobov after going back and forth in five rounds.
In the post-fight interview, Malignaggi reiterated that he got the better of Lobov during the five-round contest, claiming that the third frame was the only round he lost.
“I pretty much got the worst of everything because I got a shit decision and I made a tic-tac-toe board out of his face with my left hand,” Malignaggi said, per MMA Mania.
“Look at my face, I got hit literally in one clinch. In one clinch, I got hit and that’s it.”
“I took a couple of shots in that one clinch that he got me, I thought I did a pretty good job in clinches other than that, and really nothing else landed. I was very comfortable boxing.”
“He got me in the clinch in three, but other than that I thought four and five—I mean five he didn’t land at all. I was popping him with jabs and check left hooks constantly.”
— MMA For All (@MMAForAlI) June 24, 2019
Aside from insisting that he won the fight, Malignaggi also criticised the ringside judges, calling them ‘bush league judges’ who have no idea of what they are watching.
“This is also a problem when you have a state that has a fight every 50 years. You have judges that don’t know what the f*ck they’re watching, don’t know what the f*ck they’re doing, and you get this.”
“Everybody and their mothers thought I won this fight, but you know what? I’m also 38 years old and I guess this is sort of a sign to say, ‘Yo, you gotta stop.'”
“Because I probably would have kept doing this if I won this fight tonight… once I got in there and I got going it was kind of fun. It was like I was in the moment.”
“Sure, it sucks getting hit, of course. But I took that one shot in the clinch and I thought I dealt with the clinch pretty well, I was pretty elusive, and so I was boxing well.”
— Alex Lindsey (@alexlindsey92) June 24, 2019
“And clearly the bush league judges scored the blood and not the actual fight or what was happening, because realistically nothing else happened aside from that clinch where he definitely got me with some good shots,” he ended.
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